It seems the Spanish Samurai isn’t holding out much hope for 2017 regs as already he’s made clear what he intends to do post F1 with an ultimatum.
“If cars are not fun next year, then it’s time to change what I compete in” reported German newspaper Bild.
The general consensus is that radical departures from the what the overtaking working group did for 2009 aero will likely cause less overtaking in F1 for ’17. The cars will have much more downforce with a much larger diffuser, a return to wide low rear wings and the inevitable increase in turbulence from wider wheels. Already cars find tailing another closely next to impossible.
It’s no secret that Alonso admires the ‘great race’ at the Circuit la Sarthe having been a guest there when driving for Ferrari back in 2014. He accepted an invitation to be the honorary starter of the blue-riband round of the World Endurance Championship. The move “showing the strong links that exist between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and Ferrari” according to a statement from the Le Mans-organising club. Of course Ferrari had a strong presence in sportscar racing with their 458 GTE cars at the time, plus the usual cyclical speculation on whether they’d enter a team in the top category.
Could we see Ron Dennis allowing such a move whilst Alonso is still driving for the McLaren F1 team? Doubtful.
But Fernando’s contract is up in 2017 and we could see a shock move this time next year should the big WEC teams decide to return to 3 car teams – even if only for Le Mans.
“At the moment I’m still enjoying the racing [in F1]. It’s my life and all I really know how to do well,” acknowledged Fernando. “But it is my goal one day win the 24 Hours of Le Mans”.
The question is, which manufacturer will get him?